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Though some publications want to promote the King's Creek Golf Club, we’re obligated to mention that while it has considerable potential, this course has a ways to go before it begins achieving them. At 6,807 yards, the par-70 Arnold Palmer & Ed Seay design enjoys a course rating of 72.6 and a slope rating of 129 on Bermuda grass. It opened in 2002, and is amongst the many course offerings in the Nashville area.

A much better alternative would be the Springhouse course at Gaylord Springs within the Gaylord Opryland Resort. This Larry Nelson design provides 7,007 par-72 yards for a course rating of 74.1 with a slope rating of 133 on Zoysia grass. First opened in 1990, the amenities and maintenance are commendable, and while it may seem a bit expensive, the Twilight Rate makes it one of the best bargains in Tennessee. Like most of the Gaylord ventures, there’s flamboyance about the way that the attractions are managed that goes a long way towards having you leave with a smile on your face.

Those coming up through Tennessee from the south will most likely venture through the hills of Chattanooga. If you’re up to a serious challenge that includes at least a couple blind shots and an old-fashioned English castle as backdrop to the 16th hole, Eagle Bluff Golf Club may be just what you’re hoping for. At 6,713 par-72 yards, this Bill Bergin design has a course rating of 73.5 and a slope rating of 138 on Bermuda grass. Open since 1995, it continues to earn a good place within the state’s rankings. The countryside in this area is very picturesque, making it even more of a bargain than the very reasonable fees might suggest.

One place you may want to visit while in Memphis is the venerable Galloway course (opened in 1926) at the "Links at Galloway" municipal facility. At 6,613 yards, this Kevin Tucker course is still a par-72. Very reasonable rates make it an easy choice for a primary or even a second-play choice in the home of the King and the Blues.

Saving the best for last, we come to the 18-hole Honors Course in Ooltewah, between Nashville and Chattanooga. This Pete Dye design features 7,070 par-72 yards for a par of 72. The course rating is 75.4 and the slope rating is an impressive 151 on Zoysia grass. This course first opened in 1983. Though it is a private equity Club, it ranks (#1 in Tennessee, 11/100 in the country for modern courses) are simply too strong to disregard while covering the state. If you’ve the opportunity, this is a must-play course.